Questions for Learning Leaders

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You're an Instructional Designer, eLearning Developer, Program Manager, Learning Consultant… or just someone involved in the corporate learning space. At times you interview for jobs and/or contracts. Most of that time is spent being grilled by your potential employer. They're investigating you. They're asking you questions. You respond, you do a bit of research on the company, you meet a few people. But, realistically, it's you selling you to them. 

In light of the rapid change going on in today's business world, I recommend you augment your interview process with some pointed, poignant questions for your hiring manager, their style, and how they run their "business of learning". It's important for you to know what you're getting yourself into. Consider asking these questions during your interview process (I mean you're figuring out whether you want to work for them too, right?):

  1. Do your audiences trust you to provide the type of learning experiences they need?
  2. Do you know what the right thing is that we should be doing, right now?
  3. Do you place value on career development? Not JOB development — career development.
  4. Do you support the open flow of information in your organization? How?
  5. What's the last new thing you have tried, and what was the result?
  6. Give me an example of how you individually embrace change?

Basically, you're looking to be part of an organization that incubates a learning culture, that understands and respects its audiences, and is willing to try new things to help elevate performance across the workplace. Otherwise, why bother? You have every right to inquire and put learning leaders on the hot seat… kinda like they're doing to you, right?

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